Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Some thoughts on the revision process

I'm amazed, here on my 4th draft, how much the plot is still evolving.  It's almost comical to look back on my first draft now, and the outline that led to it.

To you aspiring writers out there, slogging through that first draft and feeling down on your story, all I can say is... plow forward.  If your outline is as weak as mine was (in hindsight), it's still good enough to hammer out a first draft.  I'm convinced now that only after doing that can you see where the flaws are, and where the diamonds lay.

Revising is hard work, and not nearly as fun as the first draft, but I think it's where the real magic happens.


Sara said...

*cheers you on*


J.M.Perkins said...

To paraphrase one of my favorite quotes: We're not writers so much as we are rewriters.

Becky said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Jason. As I slog through revisions myself, I'm discovering just how right you are. There are some diamonds in the mud.